COLUMN: Have faith in God through the trying times

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By Donna Coffey

The “cancer rollercoaster” sums up the cancer journey for the patient and loved ones.

One moment you’re on top with good news and hope (treatments are working, cancer’s in remission) only to plunge downward in unexpected twists and turns.

My husband was diagnosed with lymphoma almost four years ago and has undergone multiple chemotherapy treatments and two bone marrow stem cell transplants. It is difficult to not allow cancer to dominate our thoughts.  

The same can be said for those suffering from other diseases, trials and heartaches. It sometimes threatens to take over our lives.

A beloved hymn by B.B. McKinney, “Have Faith in God” is especially appropriate when dealing with the ups and downs of life. The second verse gives us hope: Have faith in God when your pray’rs are unanswered; Your earnest plea He will never forget; Wait on the Lord, trust His Word and be patient; Have faith in God, He’ll answer yet.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1) Our Christian faith is based on believing God’s word and living our lives according to his precepts. In times of difficulty, our faith may be overshadowed by our worries – the waiting and being patient part is often very difficult.

But that’s what faith is all about: trusting God, rejoicing in his love and blessings and turning all our problems over to him. 

But I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in your salvation.  I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me. (Psalm 13:5-6)

I pray that all of us going through difficult situations will remember to “Wait on the Lord, trust His Word, and be patient” … and have faith in God.